Noted Historian Reginald K. Ellis to Speak at NCCU Rock the Lyceum Lecture Series

Posted February 09, 2021, 4:32PM
Reginald K. Ellis, Ph.D.

Noted historian Reginald K. Ellis, Ph.D., assistant dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research and associate professor of history at Florida A&M University, will give the keynote address at the Feb. 10 Rock the Lyceum lecture series.

The online presentation will take place at 6 p.m. Please register for this event at

Ellis is the author of “Between Washington and Du Bois: The Racial Politics of James Edward Shepard,” which highlights how NCCU founder Dr. James E. Shepard played a vital role in the creation of a black professional class during the Jim Crow era. 

His research interests include Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and African American leaders during the Jim Crow era.

Ellis has authored numerous manuscripts and articles during his career. In 2018, he co-edited the anthology “The Seedtime: The Work and The Harvest: New Perspectives on the Black Freedom Struggle in America.”

Ellis obtained his bachelor’s degree in African American studies and a master’s degree in United States history from Florida A&M University. He earned his doctorate in United States history from the University of Memphis.

He is active in numerous organizations, including the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, the Southern Conference on African and African American Studies, the Organization of American Historians, and the Southern Historical Association, as well as the Gamma Mu Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

The Rock the Lyceum lecture series is hosted by NCCU’s Office of Student Engagement and Leadership, along with the Lyceum Committee. The series brings in nationally known entrepreneurs and thought-leaders to engage students in relevant topics in education, entertainment, politics, and social justice.

Additional Rock the Lyceum lectures slated for spring semester are:

Feb. 24 – Sulaiman Mausi, NCCU alumnus and Durham-based entertainment entrepreneur. Register for event here at

March 10 –  Anthony M. Donaldson Jr., Ph.D., NCCU alumnus and assistant professor of history at the University of the South (Sewanee). Register for event at

March 24 – Faith Bynum, NCCU alumna and financial advisor entrepreneur. Register for event at

April 7 –  Zack Hawkins, NCCU alumnus and N.C. State Representative. Register for event at

April 21 – Whitney Frye, NCCU School of Law alumna and director of SafeSport at USA Basketball. Register for event at

All events will be held virtually at 6 p.m., and are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership at 919-530-5436.

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